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16 Creative Peeps Recipes

2017 March 28
by Emily Hill

Peeps are yummy straight from the package, but these Peeps recipes prove they’re even better dipped in chocolate, baked in a brownie or turned into trifle.

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16 Creative Peeps Recipes -- While Peeps are yummy straight from the package, these Peeps recipes prove they can be even better dipped in chocolate, baked in a brownie and turned into trifle. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Granted, not everyone is a fan of Peeps but that’s okay. It means more Peeps for the rest of us. Whether you prefer bunnies or chicks, classic or chocolate-dipped, there’s a Peeps package for that! While I enjoy Peeps straight from the package (my mom prefers them slightly stale), I’m always open to eating them in other ways. Take the chocolate peanut butter Peeps skillet s’mores—I could eat an entire skillet of that!

If you’re a Peeps lover like myself, you’ll thoroughly enjoy these 16 creative Peeps recipes. In fact, there’s enough time before Easter to make every single one!
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Chocolate peanut butter peeps skillet smores
Chocolate peanut butter Peeps skillet s’mores from How Sweet Eats

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Peeps pops
Peeps pops from Gimme Some Oven

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Peeps pizza
Peeps pizza by Baking Beauty

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Peeps fluffernutter blondies
Peeps fluffernutter blondies from Beantown Baker

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Toasted marshmallow Easter Peeps milkshake
Toasted marshmallow Easter Peeps milkshakes from Shared Appetite

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Peeps smores
Peeps s’mores from Domestic Superhero

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Peeps birds nests
Peeps birds nest from The Pinning Mama

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Easy Peeps rice krispie eggs
Easy, last-minute Peeps rice krispie eggs from Brit+Co

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Bunny Peeps in a blanket brownies
Bunny Peeps in a blanket brownies from Life, Love and Sugar

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Peeps Marshmallow Popcorn Eggs
Peeps marshmallow popcorn eggs from What’s Cooking, Love?

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Peeps candy bars
Peeps candy bars from The Domestic Rebel

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Peeps fruit kabobs
Peeps fruit kabobs from Amee’s Savory Dish

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Easter Peeps pops
Easter Peeps pops from Love from the Oven
These look much easier than the onesie cake pops I attempted…

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Rainbow Peeps trifle
Rainbow Peeps trifle from Shake Bake and Party
I make trifle all the time but it’s always about the chocolate and peanut butter…

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Layered Peeps crispy rice cereal treats
Layered Peeps crispy rice cereal treats from Yellow Bliss Road
Way more colorful than my s’mores rice krispie treats. Maybe make both?

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Swimming Peeps Jello Cups
Swimming Peeps jello cups from The First Year Blog

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If you love gifting Peeps, check out this free Peeps printable Easter gift tag:

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Bushel and a PEEP Free Easter Printable Gift Tag -- quickly and easily turn a package of PEEPS into a perfectly sweet gift for friends, teachers and neighbors!

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my bread recipes Pinterest board.

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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

2017 March 23
by Emily Hill

Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for at least a year, then you’ll know I’m a huge fan of carrot cake. Last year around this time I posted this UH-MAZING buttermilk glazed carrot cake and these to-die-for carrot cake sandwich cookies.

Today I’m back with a carrot cake recipe that is super easy and delightful. It takes my favorite chocolate bundt cake recipe and switches out the cake mix, pudding and glaze. The result is a super moist, super decadent sour cream carrot bundt cake topped with my favorite homemade cream cheese frosting.

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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible! | isthisreallymylife.com

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While I love baking from scratch, this doctored cake mix tastes as good as any from-scratch carrot cake I’ve tasted…except maybe that buttermilk one. But hello, it’s soaked in buttermilk glaze. Kinda hard to top that. Throw in some of the world’s best homemade cream cheese frosting and you’ll never know this sour cream carrot bundt cake started out as a humble cake mix!

I’m super specific about the cake mix; it’s one of the secrets that make this dessert so. dang. good.

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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The other secret is using a quality bundt pan. I seriously need to replace mine (when the non-stick coating starts flaking, that’s bad, right?). I’m considering this Nordic Ware bundt pan; I love its shape and 2k+ fantastic reviews. Bundt pans make the task of cutting cake so effortless—just slice along the lines and serve!

Printable recipe for sour cream carrot bundt cake with cream cheese frosting below. Enjoy!

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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible!
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cake
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (20-oz) box Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake Premium Cake Mix
  • 1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
Frosting
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk (or enough to desired consistency)
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan.
  2. Empty contents of carrots and raisin pouch into a small bowl. Add 1¼ cups of hot tap water; set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine sour cream, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add cake mix and pudding mix and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Drain carrots and raisins and add to cake mix. Beat by hand until well blended.
  6. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan about 15 minutes before inverting onto serving platter. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla in medium bowl until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add milk until desired consistency. (I like it a bit thinner so it runs down the sides of the cake.)
  2. Serve within 24 hours for best flavor. Store, covered, at room temperature for up to 48 hours.
Notes
To make this chocolate cake even better, make it a day ahead. Allow it to cool no more than 15 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a plate and covering tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator at least a half hour before frosting.

 
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Sour Cream Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sour cream carrot bundt cake is perfect for party guests. The combination of decadent carrot cake and homemade cream cheese frosting is irresistible! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Buttemilk Glazed Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting -- my friend is famous for this cake and I can see why. The perfect carrot cake topped with a buttermilk glaze while hot and then topped with a divine cream cheese frosting. Best. Cake. Ever.


Buttermilk glazed carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies -- decadent, chewy carrot cake cookies with a creamy cream cheese filling. The perfect handheld dessert, especially during carrot cake season!


Carrot cake sandwich cookies

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my bread recipes Pinterest board.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Craisins & Candied Pecans

2017 March 21
by Emily Hill

Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m definitely a late to the game when it comes to brussels sprouts. Even when I discovered I liked them, I still wouldn’t make them very often. Steamed brussels sprouts with a bit of butter, salt and pepper might be someone’s side dish of choice, but it was never mine. That is, until I ordered a plate of crispy brussels sprouts from our local Fleming’s.

HOLY COW. I was converted.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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When I stumbled across the candied pecan brussels sprouts in my friend Carrian’s new cookbook, Our Sweet Basil Kitchen, I knew I had to try them. I’d been craving those roasted brussels sprouts since I’d had them four months earlier.

While the brussels sprouts in this recipe are sauteed rather than roasted, you can still brown them a bit in the skillet, giving them a richer, deeper flavor. The addition of crumbled bacon, craisins (yes, craisins!) and candied pecans (homemade, of course) transform those tiny sprouts into the most scrumptious side dish. You never know, sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon, craisins and candied pecans may become your new favorite!

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Note: I used garlic salt with parsley because I couldn’t find garlic seasoning. Garlic salt can get a bit too salty for our taste, so I cut down on the amount used in this version of the recipe. I also sauteed the brussels sprouts a little longer and attempted to brown the cut sides as best I could.

I may have also thrown in a bit more bacon because, duh, bacon.

If you want to cut down on prep time, cook and crumble the bacon and make the candied pecans a day or two ahead of time.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen is my kind of cookbook because it’s full of recipes that look super gourmet (i.e., require crazy ingredients and a ridiculous amount of time) but are easy enough for even the most novice chef. I’ve already marked at least six recipes I need to try next and would have marked more but I was running low on mini sticky notes.

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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen cookbook

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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen cookbook

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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen cookbook

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Our Sweet Basil Kitchen cookbook
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Also on the list: everything else in this ridiculously tempting cookbook.

Lucky for you, Carrian was nice enough to let me share her brussels sprouts recipe. Seriously, people. Don’t they look crazy delicious?

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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For a handful of other sneak peeks from Our Sweet Basil Kitchen, check out these recipes shared by some awesome food bloggers:

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Printable recipe for sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon, craisins & candied pecans below. Enjoy!

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Craisins & Candied Pecans
 
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Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. Serves 4.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Brussels sprouts
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 2 cups trimmed & halved brussels sprouts
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • ½ T garlic salt with parsley
  • ⅓ cup craisins
  • ⅓ cup candied pecans
Candied pecans
  • 3 cups roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
Instructions
Brussels sprouts
  1. Heat butter and drizzle of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add brussels sprouts and stir to coat in oil mixture. Saute 5 to 10 minutes or until tender and golden on the cut side.
  3. Stir in garlic salt with parsley and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and toss with craisins, bacon and candied pecans.
Candied pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place pecans in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk together egg white and water in a small bowl until foamy. Stir into pecans. Add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Toss to coat evenly.
  4. Spread coated pecans evenly on baking sheet. Bake 25 to 27 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Notes
1. To cut down on prep time, cook and crumble the bacon and make the candied pecans a day or two ahead of time.
2. If you don't want to cook your bacon in a skillet (and get grease all over the place), bake it in the oven! Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Separate bacon and place about a half inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and turn pieces over. Bake another 10 minutes or until bacon reaches desired doneness. (We like half chewy and half crispy.)

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon -- Sauteed brussels sprouts turn into the most scrumptious side dish after being tossed with crumbled bacon, craisins and candied pecans. | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you’re looking for more yummy bread recipes, you should browse my bread recipes Pinterest board. I like to pin lots of drool-worthy carb recipes over there.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board bread recipes on Pinterest.

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Holy Sheet! 20 Super Sweet Sheet Cake Recipes

2017 March 17
by Emily Hill

While classic Texas sheet cake is one of my (many) dessert weaknesses, I’m dying to try one of these other super sweet sheet cake recipes. Holy yum!

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20 Super Sweet Sheet Cake Recipes - While classic Texas sheet cake is one of my (many) dessert weaknesses, I'm dying to try one of these other super sweet sheet cake recipes. Holy yum! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I love sheet cakes for the same reason I love bundt cakes: they’re the easiest of all the cakes. One pan, one layer of frosting, maybe some goodies sprinkled on top and you’re done. The best part? You can serve the slices straight from the pan. If you cut ’em small enough, you could probably skip the plate and go straight from fingers to mouth.

I love less dishes.

While I’ve only baked my mom’s famous Texas sheet cake, I have no problem baking all the flavors. The Samoa Texas sheet cake (why does Samoa and Texas in the same recipe make me giggle?), funfetti sheet cake and zucchini sheet cake are at the top of the list next time it’s my turn to provide dessert at the family party! Which of these 20 sheet cake recipes are you going to try first?
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Samoas Texas sheet cake recipe
Samoas Texas sheet cake from A Spicy Perspective

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Peanut butter sheet cake
Peanut butter sheet cake from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Carrot sheet cake recipe
Carrot sheet cake from The Baker Mama

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White Texas almond sheet cake recipe
White Texas almond sheet cake from The Novice Chef

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Pineapple zucchini sheet cake with cream cheese frosting
Pineapple zucchini sheet cake with cream cheese frosting from Taste and Tell

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Funfetti sheet cake
Funfetti sheet cake from The First Year

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Lime sheet cake
Lime sheet cake from Lil’ Luna

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Best strawberry sheet cake recipe
Best strawberry sheet cake from Southern Bite

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German chocolate sheet cake
German chocolate sheet cake from Chef in Training

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Pineapple sheet cake
Pineapple sheet cake from Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Chocolate sheet cake with creamy peanut butter frosting
Chocolate sheet cake with creamy peanut butter frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Buttermilk sheet cake recipe
Buttermilk sheet cake from Cookies & Cups

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Salted caramel apple sheet cake
Salted caramel apple sheet cake from Handle the Heat

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Zucchini sheet cake recipe
Zucchini sheet cake from Creme de la Crumb

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Banana pecan sheet cake
Banana pecan sheet cake from Delightful E Made

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Perfect coconut sheet cake recipe
Perfect coconut sheet cake from She Wears Many Hats

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Orange creamsicle sheet cake
Orange creamsicle sheet cake from The Creative Bite

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Strawberry sheet cake with lemon frosting
Strawberry sheet cake with lemon frosting from Gonna Want Seconds

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Raspberry shortcake sheet cake
Raspberry shortcake sheet cake from Dessert Now Dinner Later

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Texas Sheet Cake -- My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It is easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour. | isthisreallymylife.com
Classic Texas sheet cake from Is This Really My Life (because sometimes you want what you know & love)
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Looking for more yummy recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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Classic Texas Sheet Cake

2017 March 16
by Emily Hill

My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It’s easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour.

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Texas Sheet Cake -- My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It is easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour. | isthisreallymylife.com


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This classic Texas sheet cake recipe is still one of my mom’s most requested desserts. It’s right up there with her pistachio pudding salad. (We’ll be having that for St. Patrick’s Day, of course.)

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Texas Sheet Cake -- My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It is easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour. | isthisreallymylife.com

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This chocolate sheet cake with its creamy, dreamy chocolate frosting is worth making from scratch. Yes, it is THAT good. One of my favorite things is its simple, smooth, chocolaty palette. Think of it as an edible canvas you can decorate however you’d like—rainbow jimmies (my favorite), colored sugar, nonpareils, confetti sprinkles, a dusting of powdered sugar or even a couple red hots and a green frosting leaf (hello, mistletoe) for Christmas.

I prefer it non-decorated and straight from the pan, although I do make time to grab a fork.

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Texas Sheet Cake -- My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It is easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Speaking of pan, you’ll want a quality edged sheet pan. With how often your family and friends are going to request this classic Texas sheet cake, you need something solid. This 13×18-inch half-sheet pan is heavy duty but not heavy on price (i.e., it’s perfect).

I’ve even seen my mom sprinkle chopped walnuts over the top of the cake. Not only does it add some interesting texture, the combo of chocolate and walnuts is simply heavenly.

By the way, the homemade frosting from this chocolate sheet cake recipe would be good on just about any chocolate cake, especially lighter chocolate rather than darker fudge cakes.

Printable recipe for classic Texas sheet cake below. Enjoy!

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Texas Sheet Cake -- My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It is easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Classic Texas Sheet Cake
 
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My family asks my mom to make this classic Texas sheet cake every time we have a family party. It's easy to make, easy to serve and way too easy to devour.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 T cocoa
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk*
Frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 T cocoa
  • 1 (1-lb) box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 T milk
  • ½ cup chopped nuts or sprinkles of your choice (optional)
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 18x13-inch cookie sheet; set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine butter, water and cocoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add to flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  4. Combine eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into greased cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.
Frosting
  1. Start frosting last 5 minutes of baking time.
  2. Combine butter and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Melt but DO NOT boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until no lumps remain. Frost cake while still warm. Top with nuts or sprinkles (optional).
Notes
* If you don't have buttermilk, don't worry! You can substitute either plain milk or a special milk and lemon juice combo:

For 1 cup buttermilk, pour 1 T lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk until it reaches 1-cup mark. Let stand 5 minutes.

 
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Here are a couple more cake recipes you might enjoy!

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.


Coconut poke cake

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Buttemilk Glazed Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting -- my friend is famous for this cake and I can see why. The perfect carrot cake topped with a buttermilk glaze while hot and then topped with a divine cream cheese frosting. Best. Cake. Ever.


Buttermilk glazed carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my bread recipes Pinterest board. I like to pin lots of drool-worthy carb recipes over there.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board bread recipes on Pinterest.

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins

2017 March 14
by Emily Hill

These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat!

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com


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This is a sponsored post for Acorn Influence; content and opinions expressed are my own.

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Man, I love monkey bread. It can be full of bacon, cheese, cinnamon, herbs, fruit—it doesn’t matter. I’ll eat it. And while I love what I consider traditional monkey bread (hunks of baked dough coated in gooey cinnamon sugar), I’m always game for trying something new. There’s a good chance it will be a sweet success like these these peach crisp monkey bread muffins.

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Apparently when you combine quality pre-made cinnamon roll dough with fresh, diced peaches and a homemade pecan crumble topping, you get to-die-for monkey bread muffins.

HOLY COW.

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m usually all about using a bundt pan (I love posting bundt cake recipes!), but using a muffin pan make these peach crisp monkey bread muffins the perfect finger food. Make that fingers food because you need at least five to eat one.

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The secret to monkey bread muffins like these is using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Original Icing. No lie. Simply pop the can and cut the pre-made rolls into pieces. Or have your nine-year-old do it ’cause child labor is awesome when it’s your own child.

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Pillsbury Original Cinnamon Rolls with Icing.

I find Pillsbury is super convenient for all my springtime baking needs. Using a product like Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Original Icing cuts way down on the time required to make these peach crisp monkey bread muffins. We’ve used those same cinnamon rolls to make traditional monkey bread and the most delicious cinnamon roll waffles. Mmm…

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m also a huge fan of Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls. Need an awesome Easter-themed dessert? Check out these magic marshmallow treats using Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls. They’re divine! Looking for a kid-friendly, last-minute weeknight meal? My family loves making these creamy chicken crescent rolls.

Pillsbury is basically magic.

So are these monkey bread muffins.

Printable recipe for peach crisp monkey bread muffins below. Enjoy!
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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! Makes approx. 12 muffins.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Muffins
  • 2 cans (12.4-oz) Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Original Icing
  • 1 peach, peeled and diced
Topping
  • ⅜ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅜ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. Open cinnamon rolls and set aside icing.
  2. Separate dough into 16 rolls; cut each roll into 6 pieces.
  3. Place 5 pieces in the bottom of the muffin cup; sprinkle with 1 ½ T diced peaches. Top with 3 pieces of dough.
  4. Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and pecans in a small bowl; whisk until fully combined. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle 1½ T of topping atop each muffin.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until topping and muffins are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes in pan before removing.
  6. Transfer icing to a small microwavable bowl; microwave about 10 seconds or until melted. Drizzle over muffins.

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more recipes you might enjoy!

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20 Sweet & Savory Monkey Bread Recipes -- these are sure to get your mouth watering!


20 sweet & savory monkey bread recipes

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!


Skinny lemon poppy seed muffins

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!


Double bran muffins (aka Mormon muffins)

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Banana Crumb Muffins -- the perfect banana muffin topped with brown sugar and cinnamon.


Banana crumb muffins

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Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.


Lemon cranberry muffins

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins + Tips for Minimizing Mindless Snacking

2017 March 10
by Emily Hill

These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar. Get the recipe + tips for minimizing mindless snacking below!

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!

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I work from home (#bloggerlyfe) and while I find most of my snack cravings take place after 10:00 p.m., there’s plenty of mindless snacking going on throughout the day. And it’s usually baked goods, especially if they’re sweet rather than savory.

I’m pretty sure I have not one sweet tooth but all sweet teeth.

With the new year well underway, I’m still working on making healthier choices when it comes to snacking. Not only am I trying to snack less often (not every trip through the kitchen requires a snack) but also choose better snack options like fruits, vegetables and the occasional crunchy peanut butter protein bite.

Choosing healthier snack options is just one way to minimize mindless snacking. Here are a few other ideas if you find you can’t stop the cravings.
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1. Drink water.

Thirst is often confused with hunger, so drink a large glass of water if you find yourself grabbing for a snack. I’ll admit I have a hard time with this one, but I’ve set a goal to drink 64 ounces of water a day. I keep a reusable water bottle on my desk at all times and try to drain it at least once before grabbing a Diet Coke.

2. Eat more protein during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Eating more protein can make you feel full and satisfied longer. I try to have a high-protein breakfast like a protein shake and make sure I have protein at lunch (peanut butter, Greek yogurt) and dinner (lean meats).

3. Plan healthy snacks between meals.

One of the best ways to minimize unhealthy snacking is to plan healthy snacks between meals. If you let yourself get too hungry, you’ll be snacking all day long! Celery with peanut butter, Greek yogurt topped with a spoonful of granola, a handful of almonds, “skinny” popcorn or even a skinny lemon poppy seed muffin are all better choices than a candy bar, bagel or bag of chips. You can even prep your snacks the day before!

4. Get enough sleep.

I find when I’m tired, I snack way more than when I’m rested. Granted, my rested days are few and far between but I’m trying to be better about how much sleep I get. Lack of sleep can mess with the hormones that affect appetite, so get some rest!

5. Go for a walk.

For reals. Whether it’s around your office or around the block, sometimes you need to get away from your desk and get some fresh air. A little exercise can help stop the cravings and will give you a little boost of energy without the need for caffeine or chocolate. Don’t forget your water bottle!

6. Use portion control.

Don’t underestimate the power of portion control. Eating straight from the bag or box is the epitome of mindless snacking. Use a snack-size bag or small plastic container to portion out a healthy amount of your favorite munchies. If you’re lazy like me, you’ll eat what you’ve portioned out and find it’s too much work to go and do it all over again.

7. Chew gum.

I’m not kidding. For me, this is the most powerful way to fight mindless snacking. When I find all I want to do is snack all day long, I grab a piece of gum (no lie, Orbit Sweet Mint is my favorite) and my appetite is satiated. Combine the gum chewing with another tall glass of water and I’m good to go for at least another hour!

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Wrigleys Orbit Gum Sweet Mint.

If you’re not a fan of a sweet mint flavor, you’re in luck! Orbit sugar-free gum is available in a variety of flavors including Spearmint, Peppermint, Wintermint, Bubblemint, Strawberry, Citrus, Sweet Mint (THE BEST of all the flavors) and Orbit White.

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Wrigleys Orbit Gum.

I wasn’t lying when I told you chewing Orbit Gum can help keep your wellness goals on track by minimizing mindless snacking throughout the day. Not only does that simple act of chewing keep my mouth happily occupied, mint is a known appetite suppressant. Bonus! Also, a consumer research study shows gum is grouped with perceptually healthier products like granola, fruits and nuts. Research also noted 80 percent of gum buyers also purchase better-for-you bars.

I’m guessing that’s NOT a Kit-Kat.

Gum is a flavorful treat—yes, I said treat—with only 5 to 10 calories per serving. And sugar-free gum provides oral care benefits, fresh breath being the most obvious one. But I’m also a fan of it clearing any tiny food particles left over after lunch with my girlfriends.

Wrigley’s #ChewToABetterYou campaign encourages everyone to incorporate sugar-free gum into their health and wellness routine to promote balance through mindful consumption.

Speaking of mindful consumption, choosing “skinny” options for some of your favorite treats is another way to minimize mindless snacking. Let’s be honest, sometimes what you really want is a lemon poppy seed muffin. Fortunately for all of us, these skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are full of delicious lemon poppy seed flavor but seriously lacking in calories, fat and sugar.

You’re welcome.

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!

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I was worried the texture of these skinny lemon poppy seed muffins would be super dense, and while they’re slightly denser than some of your full-fat bakery-style options, the texture is amazing for such a healthy muffin.

If you want to cut back on the calories and sugar even more, omit the lemon glaze. The muffins will still be yummy, I promise!

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!

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I strongly encourage you to incorporate these healthier muffins into your routine. Printable recipe for skinny lemon poppy seed muffins below. Enjoy!
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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
 
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These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar! Make sure the ingredients you're mixing with the coconut oil are room temperature or they will turn that coconut oil into a solid! Makes approx. 12 muffins.
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Muffins
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ⅔ cup Splenda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅔ cup lemon-flavored Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup skim milk, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 T poppy seeds
Glaze
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T lemon zest
Instructions
Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with baking cups.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk coconut oil, Greek yogurt, milk, egg, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a medium bowl.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just moistened. Batter will be on the thicker side.
  5. Use a large scoop (about 3 T) to divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before removing.
Glaze
  1. Combine lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl; whisk until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over muffins a few minutes after removing from pan.

Here are a couple other healthy recipes to help curb those not-so-healthy cravings!

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Healthy Strawberry Orange Protein Smoothie -- Orange juice, strawberries, banana and vanilla protein powder come together in this delicious healthy strawberry orange protein smoothie.

Strawberry orange protein smoothie

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Healthy Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, orange zest and semisweet chocolate. A dense, chewy cookie packed with flavor!


Orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.


Pineapple fried rice

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Healthy Frittata Bites -- egg whites, spinach, Italian cheeses and tomatoes make for a delicious breakfast dish!


Frittata bites

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Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.


Lemon cranberry muffins

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Looking for more yummy recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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